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Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

Sale of soups, ceramics soulfully benefits food pantry

The table is set, making mealtime better for those in need.
The table is set, making mealtime better for those in need.
Campus artisans provided unique wares ...
Campus artisans provided unique wares …
... for a ceramic art sale that added to the fundraiser's success.
… for a ceramic art sale that added to the fundraiser’s success.

Dining Services held its third annual Soup for the Soul event on Thursday, raising more than $1,100 to benefit The Cupboard. For an $8 donation, participants chose a handcrafted bowl and enjoyed a meal of chicken tortilla or cheddar broccoli soup, roll, dessert and beverage. A ceramic art sale was held in conjunction with the benefit meal, featuring such items as mugs, pitchers, wall hangings and tiny statues. Bowls and art pieces were made and donated by instructor David A. Stabley and students in his ceramic and wood sculpture classes. For more information on the food pantry, housed on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center (Room 105H, at the rear of CC Commons), email The Cupboard or visit the Dining Services portal page.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director, Dining Services

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Alumni Aviation Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

College provides invaluable assist during airport ’emergency’

Jets of water shoot from airport-owned apparatus.

Penn College students, faculty and equipment were integral to Saturday’s simulated emergency at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. A triennial requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration, this year’s drill featured a smoky runway collision that allowed crews the opportunity to test the strengths and weaknesses of their response systems. Matthew D. Krepps, an instructor of aviation maintenance technology, coordinated the college’s involvement in the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority exercise, which included student “victims” and two planes from the Lumley Aviation Center’s instructional fleet: a recently donated CL-600 Challenger corporate jet and an older Sabreliner aircraft. A fog machine was used in the latter plane to obscure the vision of rescue workers without using actual smoke that would choke the student volunteers acting as injured passengers.

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Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Guest readers celebrate child care center’s vital mission

The president visits with "Birds" at the CLC. (Photo by Tiffany L. Tyhanic, Children's Learning Center group leader)
The president visits with “Birds” at the CLC. (Photo by Tiffany L. Tyhanic, Children’s Learning Center group leader)

In honor of “Celebrating Campus Children’s Centers Week” (Oct. 5-9), Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour visited the Dunham Children’s Learning Center to read the story “Fall Leaves Fall!” to children.

In return, children from the Birds Nest presented Gilmour with a thank-you card that looked just like the owls they had made in class.

The Bears Bunch also had a guest reader as part of the celebration. Hillary E. Hofstrom, the college’s vice president for human resources, and a past parent of the center, read the book “Duncan and Delores.”

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October 15, 2020
Dining Services Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Dining Services’ COVID response noted in national trade publication

Campus Dining Today

Penn College Dining Services’ efforts to maintain continuity during the coronavirus pandemic, both during a spring shutdown and after in-person instruction resumed with the fall semester, are featured in the Summer 2020 cover story of Campus Dining Today, published by The National Association of College & University Food Services: Campus Dining Today

October 14, 2020
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Alum’s gift transforms Penn College’s machining lab

Students majoring in one of five manufacturing-related degrees are benefiting from a gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured in a YouTube video. Larry A. Ward, founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., made a donation exceeding $1 million to revamp the college’s machining lab – the largest alumni gift in the college’s history. Ward’s generosity has resulted in fresh paint, lighting, fixtures and 50 new machines for the 14,299-square-foot instructional space. “It’s just completely transformed the entire lab,” says Dakota C. Harrison, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Lewisberry. “And we really couldn’t have done it without Mr. Ward.”

 

October 13, 2020
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Plastics & Polymer

Penn College grants emeritus status to trio of retired faculty

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized emeritus status for three retired faculty members.

Approved for faculty emeritus designation are Richard J. Calvert Jr., assistant professor and co-department head, electronics; Jeffrey B. Weaver, associate professor, electronics; and Timothy Weston, associate professor, plastics technology.

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October 1, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students

Ceramic masks reveal students’ pandemic emotions

Drawing inspiration from Scandinavian folk art, graphic design student Kaylee N. Masullo, of Bellefonte, says, “I wanted to convey a sense of comfort in home … there is much to appreciate about our homes.”

On a campus known for hands-on education, a unique hands-on art project has given students an outlet for creatively expressing their feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 80 students enrolled in Ceramics 1 classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology crafted clay masks for “Regarding the Mask …,” an exhibit of nearly 170 art pieces being displayed on a fence surrounding The Victorian House in the center of campus. The location of the artwork  – wrapping around a home to evoke 2020’s housebound focus – is as symbolic as the pieces themselves.

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Faculty & Staff Library

College librarian honored for leadership in statewide initiative

Joann Eichenlaub

The assistant director of library services for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, the first academic library in the commonwealth to reach top-of-the-line Gold Star status in the PA Forward Star Library program, is among three recent recipients of a Certificate of Merit from the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Joann L. Eichenlaub, a director-at-large for the state association’s Board of Directors since 2017, spearheaded Penn College’s pilot involvement in the Star program, which spotlights the crucial role that libraries play in their communities.

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September 29, 2020
Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students Welding

Italy’s top-rated newscast features Living Chapel

Magnificent visuals of the Living Chapel, including images provided through Penn College’s partnership in the international project, accompany a story recently posted to the Facebook page of a prominent newscast in Italy. The segment appeared on TG5, broadcast from Rome and airing on Italian TV channel 5 – reported to have the highest ratings on commercial television in Italy.

The Living Chapel

September 29, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Canine caucus endorses friendliness platform

San (left), a purebred Pembroke Welsh corgi, gets a closer look at Buxton, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian belonging to Dining Services' Susan M. Phillips ...
San (left), a purebred Pembroke Welsh corgi, gets a closer look at Buxton, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian belonging to Dining Services’ Susan M. Phillips …
... and looks skyward to her owner, Ethan L. Arnett, a construction management major from Hanover, Md., and president of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity.
… and looks skyward to her owner, Ethan L. Arnett, a construction management major from Hanover, Md., and president of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity.
An information table feeds voter awareness and encourages signup by Pennsylvania's Oct. 19 deadline.
An information table feeds voter awareness and encourages signup by Pennsylvania’s Oct. 19 deadline.
Socially distanced dogs keep vigil for the next human to please.
Socially distanced dogs keep vigil for the next human to please.
Ever popular with students is this mixed-breed resident companion of Cathy E. Gamez, hall coordinator for Rose Street Commons. Enjoying Dexter's company is Abby L. Kimble, of South Williamsport, enrolled in electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis.
Ever popular with students is this mixed-breed resident companion of Cathy E. Gamez, hall coordinator for Rose Street Commons. Enjoying Dexter’s company is Abby L. Kimble, of South Williamsport, enrolled in electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis.

“Hot Dog, You’re Voting!” held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday on the Thompson Professional Development Center lawn, provided students the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, campus support services and, of course, dogs! An election-year spinoff of a winning campus tradition, the event – held on National Voter Registration Day – included information about voting, friendly (masked) faces and treats for all.
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

September 23, 2020